Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race gets underway
The 65th QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race got underway this morning in spectacular form.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers officially started the event, sounding the starting gun and sending vessels on their way towards Gladstone.
It was a slower start to the race than previous years with low winds proving an initial challenge for the 26 competitors.
Long-time Port Curtis Sailing Club Member Marina Hobbs was on the water for the start of the race.
She was pleasantly surprised by the conditions.
"Everyone was able to get up to quite a nice sailing speed," she said.
"Wild Thing led the fleet out which wasn't a surprise, but all four of our Gladstone crews were doing well."
Marina said the winds were expected to pick up overnight.
"There's meant to be a south-easterly coming through at 15-20 knots which will hopefully get them moving along through the night," Marina said.
"I think it will be a slow race but fairly pleasant."
Marina said she expects the first boats to cross the line in Gladstone mid-afternoon Saturday.
Keep up to date with the race via the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club race tracker, http://www.brisbanetogladstone.com.au/YachtTracker.aspx